Conversation quotes
In conversation the game is, to say something new with old words. And you shall observe a man of the people picking his way along, step by step, using every time an old boulder, yet never setting his foot on an old place.

- Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know.

- Maurois, Andre
It requires nothing less than a chivalric feeling to sustain a conversation with a lady.

- Thoreau, Henry David
There's a certain kind of conversation you have from time to time at parties in New York about a new book. The word "banal" sometimes rears its by-now banal head; you say "underedited," I say "derivative." The conversation goes around and around various literary criticisms, and by the time it moves on one thing is clear: No one read the book; we just read the reviews.

- Anna Quindlen
Few are agreeable in conversation, because each thinks more of what he intends to say than of what others are saying, and listens no more when he himself has a chance to speak.

- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
A collections of anecdotes and maxims is the greatest of treasures for the man of the world, for he knows how to intersperse conversation with the former in fit places, and to recollect the latter on proper occasions.

- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
Questioning is not the mode of conversation among gentlemen.

- Johnson, Samuel
Saying what we think gives us a wider conversational range than saying what we know.

- Cullen Hightower
. . .everyone took an interest in the conversation, for each one was interested in what he or she said.

- Anatole France
Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of life.

- O. Henry
CONVERSATION, n. A fair to the display of the minor mental commodities, each exhibitor being too intent upon the arrangement of his own wares to observe those of his neighbor.

- Ambrose Bierce
My God! The English language is a form of communication! Conversation isn't just crossfire where you shoot and get shot at! Where you've got to duck for your life and aim to kill! Words aren't only bombs and bullets -- no, they're little gifts, containing meanings!

- Roth, Philip
Conceit causes more conversation than wit.

- La Rochefoucauld, Francois De
Americans cannot realize how many chances for mental improvement they lose by their inveterate habit of keeping six conversations when there are twelve in the room.

- Ernest Dimnet
Do not make prayer a monologue -- make it a conversation.

It is hardly surprising that children should enthusiastically start their education at an early age with the Absolute Knowledge of computer science; while they are unable to read, for reading demands making judgments at every line. Conversation is almost dead, and soon so too will be those who knew how to speak.

- Debord, Guy
Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for competitors.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson
A bore is a fellow talking who can change the subject back to his topic of conversation faster than you can change it back to yours.

- Laurence J. Peter
The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than about what others are saying, and we never listen when we are eager to speak.

- Francois La Rochefoucauld
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

- Dorothy Nevill

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